Fibroids are common growths in the uterus that are usually benign. They can vary greatly in size, from pea-sized to five or six pounds. They are most often found in women between the ages of 30 and 40, but can develop in women of all ages. It is uncertain what causes fibroids, but they can usually be influenced by estrogen and progesterone. Because of this, fibroids come and go with the changing levels of hormones throughout a woman’s life.
Changes in menstrual patterns, intense cramps, constipation, and trouble urinating are all possible symptoms of fibroids. Not all fibroids cause these symptoms, and those that do not should be left alone and will eventually go away.
Dr. Ayalon is an expert in identifying and treating fibroids through pelvic exams, ultrasounds, and other gynecologic tests. If you think you have fibroids or you experience any of the symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, make an appointment to see Dr. Ayalon as soon as possible.